AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling an estimated 392,464 2007-'10 Jeep Wrangler SUVs in the United States because a clockspring problem may prevent driver-side airbag deployment in a crash, the automaker said Wednesday.
The clockspring is located in the steering wheel and forms part of the circuit that helps to control airbag function.
A company investigation determined "excessive exposure to dust and dirt — consistent with extensive off-road driving or driving with a vehicle's top and/or doors removed — may compromise the clockspring and eventually prevent driver-side airbag deployment in a crash," Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement.
There are no injuries or accidents linked to the recall.
Owners are urged to contact their Jeep dealer if the airbag-warning lamp is illuminated on the affected SUVs.
An additional 7,435 2011-'16 Wranglers with right-hand drive for special duty are included in the recall in the United States. This should mostly affect the U.S. Postal Service.
Jeep dealers will install a new steering-wheel back cover and a steering-column shroud. A date has not been scheduled for the recall. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the United States.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their Jeep dealer. Contact your dealer now if the airbag-warning lamp is illuminated.